One weekend in March 2012, I met with a small group eager to seek what God wanted to show us through Elijah’s life and times. None of us has been able to articulate what God did that weekend. The intensity of his Presence astonished us. The Lord himself demonstrated how deeply it pleases him when we seek to live before his face as Elijah did, with an undivided heart.
One night in June that same year, God spoke to me about writing a series of e-books and calling it the E-Blessings Series. I knew immediately the focus of two books in the series: Esther and Elijah. I wasn’t sure which to tackle first.
Esther seemed the obvious choice. For years, God had been showing me insights into her story that I hadn’t seen anywhere else. I’d taught those insights over time, the teaching growing and shifting as God showed me more and more. For years, I’d wanted to put what I was learning into a book. Now, finally, I had the Lord’s go-ahead to do it.
The insights into Elijah – and into Ahab and Jezebel, who ruled when Elijah lived – were so new I didn’t know how well I could put them into words. Surely they needed to marinate for a while.
And yet, Elijah’s cry kept resounding deep within me, along with a strong sense of being compelled to warn how deceptively and destructively Ahab and Jezebel are at work in our midst.
Only when I talked with Erin Ulrich, of Design by Insight, about tentative plans for the E-Blessings Series did it become clear: The Esther or Elijah question revealed a spirit/soul battle within me. Writing about Esther felt better (less scary) and seemed more logical, so my soul was voting to take that route. But my spirit recognized the voice of God’s Spirit, telling me, “No, Elijah needs to come first.”
And so it did. The e-book, The Esther Blessing: Grace to Reign in Life, was completed in time. Yet, contrary to what I had thought practical or even possible, the e-book, The Elijah Blessing: An Undivided Heart, went live in October 2012, the day I first published this post. Once my heart was undivided on the matter, God gave me grace to complete and send out this message in less than five months.
I that pray you receive the fullness of the Elijah blessing – the blessing of an undivided heart.
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Look inside The Elijah Blessing: An Undivided Heart.